Network Password Help - NIU - Information Technology Services



AccountID / Z-ID & Password

Your Network Password 

NIU network passwords expire every 365 days and are used with your AccountID / Z-ID to access computing and communications resources at NIU.

Your initial password

Your initial password is your birthdate in YYYYMmmDD format. It allows only 5 logins.

  • Mmm is the first 3 characters of the Month.
  • Example: January 1, 1993 = 1993Jan01

Change your initial password right away at
Passwords expire every 365 days.

Change your password

You can change your password at any time at

Need help?  ITS Helpdesk.

Building a Better Password

Password requirements

  • at least 10 characters
  • contain at least one character from at least three of the following four groups:
    • uppercase letters
    • lowercase letters
    • special characters like :-+,~`!@#$%^&*()=_'"{}[]|\?/:;><.
    • numbers
  • cannot be reused
  • cannot contain your AccountID/Z-ID or full name

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